11th annual "Fill-the-Boot" campaign kicks off

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) are teaming up once again for the 11th annual "Fill-the-Boot" Campaign.

The campaign encourages members of the community to help the CFD Firefighters "put out the flame" on neuromuscular diseases by donating spare change to fill their boots. The money raised by the event will benefit Greater Cincinnati families who are battling neuromuscular disease.

"The Cincinnati Fire Department is honored to continue their partnership with the MDA. The cause is near and dear to our hearts, as the MDA has personally supported fellow brother and sister firefighters," said Fire Chief Richard Braun.

The program continues the lifelong partnership between the International Association of Fire Fighters and the MDA. The kickoff for the campaign was Friday at the Greater Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial site where the MDA presented the CFD with a proclamation.

"With the support of the Cincinnati Fire Department, MDA has brought help and hope to those living with neuromuscular diseases in Cincinnati. In 10 years, over $400,000 has been raised to support local clinics, support groups, assistance with repairs of medical equipment and camp. They are truly MDA's heroes," said MDA Executive Director, Jennifer Ransick.

CFD Firefighters will collect change on June 22, June 29, July 27, August 10, August 17, and August 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at various locations throughout the city.

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